Will USD remain safe haven if election turns sour?
Currency markets will naturally be very volatile over the next couple of days and while the dollar will bear the brunt of much of this, the impact will be felt further afield. The dollar’s role as a safe haven has been clear for all to see, this year in particular, to the detriment of gold. It will be interesting to see if that continues this week given that the US would be at the centre of the uncertainty.
It will be interesting to keep tabs on the other safe haven currencies over the next couple of days as we look to take the pulse of traders as the results appear. On the flip side, AUD, CAD and NZD could do well if markets are satisfied with the outcome, meaning a potential downside risk for the markets has passed without too much disruption.
The yuan will be another interesting one to watch, given the Trump administration’s increasingly hawkish approach towards China. A Biden victory should be quite good for the currency, even if Biden can’t politically afford to go easy on them. You would expect to see less unilateral action from the US though, which should suit the currency.
There isn’t much to update on the Brexit side which means the pound is continuing to consolidate around 1.30. It’s making decent gains against the dollar today although they are primarily being driven by the latter. I remain optimistic that a deal will be reached and I think it’s probably quite heavily priced in at this point.
The Fed and BoE both hold policy meetings on Thursday, and these events are huge, given the role that central banks have to play in the final weeks of the year. Another key event is the US nonfarm payrolls report on Friday. This release has fallen off the radar, with all the attention focused on the election. However, if the election results are uncontested, the markets will be able to shift attention to this key release.
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